RHETORIC-PERFORMATIVE, POST-FOUNDATIONAL ANALYSIS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

RHETORIC-PERFORMATIVE, POST-FOUNDATIONAL ANALYSIS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

Course dates:
7 August, 2018 to 23 August, 2018
Fee:
Degree and PhD students €990 / Professionals €1490
Topics:
Social Sciences
Application deadline:
Tuesday, 26 June, 2018
University:
University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

General information

Target students
MA/PhD level students. BA degree or previous knowledge of research methods and research practice required.

Synopsis
This intensive course provides a consistent frame – post-foundational political thought – for students to approach some of the most pressing questions of our era. These include democracy, populism, political violence, economic violence, gender, climate change and identity politics.

With emphasis on rhetoric and performativity, post-foundational political thought can be useful for the social sciences and humanities to tackle issues in the ‘post-truth’, ‘post-factual’ era, marked by fluidity of identifications and populism.

Rather than taking political concepts at face value, the course suggests that the focus should shift to the ways in which the meaning-making takes place through contingent concepts, discourses and structures we inhabit. The rhetoric-performative approach allows us to engage with various phenomena.

Through in-class discussions, group work, excursions and guest lectures, the course will enable the participants to start using insights from this strand of continental political philosophy in the study of contemporary political issues. Teaching will be composed of lectures and seminars as well as workshops with researchers at the University of Helsinki.

The students will learn about different forms of post-foundational thinking, and get to explore the ways in which it can be combined with various research techniques. The course will introduce the works of authors such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Walter Benjamin, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Claude Lefort, Jean-Luc Nancy, Chantal Mouffe and Ernesto Laclau, as central to this approach.

Learning objectives
The course introduces post-foundational thinking and the related perspectives of conceptual analysis, post-structural discourse theory, interpretive political analysis and discourse theory. The broader aim is to learn how to use a theoretical approach in research in social and political sciences.

As the outcome of the course, students will learn how to use post-foundational theory in actual research contexts, whether engaging with theoretical or empirical research. The students will be able to establish the differences between these approaches within the field of post-foundational theory, and assess their usefulness in particular research projects. With the help of teachers on the course and the final project they will also accumulate more in-depth knowledge on their chosen approach and topic of research.

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ECTS accreditation

6 ECTS